The greening landscape and blooming flowers are increasingly brightening our campus. Come enjoy the spring sunshine and fresh mountain air during a springtime Folk School class. Be inspired by spring flowers in Illustrating Spring Blooms (Apr. 28-May 3) with Redenta Soprano. Embrace the Appalachian Spring in Watercolor with Annie Pais (May 19-25).
Join biologist Joel Zachry to study the natural treasures of the Southern Appalachians in Nature’s Treasures – Landscapes, Plants and Animals (Apr. 21-27). Experience the ecology and natural history of our flora and fauna as you Hike the Southern Appalachians with naturalist Liz Domingue (May 12-18).
Create Artful Birdhouses and Bird Feeders for your garden in James Green’s weekend Woodworking class (May 3-5). Enhance the Folk School grounds in Charles Judd’s Timber Framing class (May 19-25). Weave a Bulrush Hat, and shade yourself from the garden sun, in Jan Stansell’s Weekend class (Apr. 12-14).
Speaking of the garden, get down and dirty in the Folk School garden this spring and summer. Learn the secrets of growing abundant plants and vegetables, explore the principles of good garden design, or specialize in a subject like Bonsai or Mushroom Growing. Grow your garden…and watch yourself bloom here at the Folk School.
Upcoming Gardening and Homesteading Offerings:
Pollinators in the Garden: Birds, Bees, and Butterflies – Karen Hurtubise (Apr 21-27)
Bonsai Demystified – Tim Ryan (Apr 28-May 3)
Beyond Seeds-Backyard Propagation – Helen Redding (May 3-5 Weekend)
Heirloom Vegetables – Frances Juhlin (May 12-18)
Sustainability in Your Backyard – Jennifer Cordier (May 26-31)
Growing Your Own Mushrooms – Ken Zinkand (May 31-June 2 Weekend)
Urban Gardening: Growing Food in All Types of Spaces – Heather Funderburk (May 31-June 2 Weekend)
Herbs for Health and Happiness – Cathy Merckens (June 2-8)
Made in the Shade – Tim Ryan (July 5-7 Weekend)
Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes. podielski.com